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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2817550
(54) English Title: ERECTION SYSTEM FOR SOLAR PANELS
(54) French Title: SYSTEME D'ERECTION DE PANNEAUX SOLAIRES
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • H02S 20/00 (2014.01)
  • F16B 5/00 (2006.01)
  • F16M 11/00 (2006.01)
  • F24J 2/52 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • THURNER, GUNTHER (Germany)
  • THURNER, MARTIN (Germany)
(73) Owners :
  • KRINNER INNOVATION GMBH (Germany)
(71) Applicants :
  • KRINNER INNOVATION GMBH (Germany)
(74) Agent: FETHERSTONHAUGH & CO.
(74) Associate agent:
(45) Issued: 2014-12-02
(22) Filed Date: 2013-06-03
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 2013-12-01
Examination requested: 2013-11-12
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
20 2012 005 413.9 Germany 2012-06-01
20 2012 008 443.7 Germany 2012-09-04

English Abstract

The invention relates to an erection system for the attachment of solar panels, which are arranged areally adjacent one another, such that they are inclined toward the sun, said solar panels being held in rows by a multiplicity of holding members. The holding members are fastened to posts, which are anchored in the ground, by means of base members which are arranged substantially orthogonally with respect to said holding members and which are in the form of downwardly open U-profiles. The base members can be connected to the posts via mounting units. The mounting units have in each case two clamping shells with in each case semicircular recesses for abutment against the posts and substantially planar abutment surfaces for abutment against the side surfaces of the U-profile. Bores are arranged in the abutment surfaces of the clamping shells and corresponding bores are arranged in the side surfaces of the base member such that the base members can be fixed in a frictionally locking and/or positively locking manner to the posts by means of screw connections which extend through said bores.


French Abstract

Linvention a trait à un système dérection pour la fixation de panneaux solaires, qui sont disposés à plat les uns à côté des autres de manière à être inclinés vers le soleil, lesdits panneaux solaires étant maintenus en rangées par une multiplicité déléments de retenue. Les éléments de retenue sont fixés à des poteaux ancrés au sol au moyen déléments de base disposés de manière sensiblement orthogonale par rapport audits éléments de retenue et qui ont la forme de profils en U ouverts vers le bas. Les éléments de base peuvent être fixés aux poteaux par le biais dunités de montage. Les unités de montage ont dans chaque cas deux coques de serrage avec, dans chaque cas, des renfoncements semi-circulaires aux fins de lappui contre les poteaux et des surfaces dappui sensiblement planes pour lappui contre les surfaces latérales du profil en U. Des alésages sont disposés dans les surfaces dappui des coques de serrage et des alésages correspondants sont disposés dans les surfaces latérales de lélément de base de manière que les éléments de base puissent être fixés à force ou par complémentarité de forme aux poteaux au moyen dassemblages par vis qui sétendent par lesdits alésages.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


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Claims

1. Erection system for the attachment of solar panels, which are arranged
areally adjacent
one another, such that they are inclined toward the sun, said solar panels
being held in
rows by a multiplicity of holding members, wherein the holding members are
fastened to
posts, which are anchored in the ground, by means of base members which are
arranged
substantially orthogonally with respect to said holding members and which are
in the form
of downwardly open U-profiles, and the base members can be connected to the
posts via
mounting units, the mounting units having in each case two clamping shells
with in each
case semicircular recesses for abutment against the posts and substantially
planar
abutment surfaces for abutment against the side surfaces of the U-profile, and
bores being
arranged in the abutment surfaces of the clamping shells and corresponding
bores being
arranged in the side surfaces of the base member such that the base members
can be
fixed in a frictionally locking and/or positively locking manner to the posts
by stud bolts
which extend through said bores.
2. Erection system according to Claim 1 characterized in that the base
members are in the
form of transverse members which are inclined toward the sun and which can
each be
connected by means of a mounting unit to a short post and to a long post, and
the holding
members are in the form of longitudinal members.
3. Erection system according to Claim 1, characterized in that first base
members are
arranged in each case on multiple short posts, and second base members are
arranged in
each case on multiple long posts, and the holding members are in the form of
transverse
members inclined toward the sun.
4. Erection system according to one of Claims 1 to 3, characterized in that
in each case a
multiplicity of corresponding bores is provided in the planar free side
surfaces of the base
members, which bores extend in the longitudinal direction of the base members
such that,
during the alignment and fastening of the base members on the posts, selected,

corresponding bores are aligned with the bores in the clamping shells such
that the stud
bolts can be passed through.


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5. Erection system according to one of Claims 1 to 4, characterized in
that, at that end of the
posts which is remote from the ground, there is provided at least one
formation selected
from the group of annular bead, annular groove and combinations thereof, with
which
formation the clamping shells interact with a positively locking action.
6. Erection system according to Claims 1 to 5, characterized in that a
mounting aid connects
in each case two clamping shells such that they can be provisionally fixed in
a clamping
manner to the post for mounting.
7. Erection system according to Claim 6, characterized in that, as a
mounting aid, each
clamping shell has, on one end region thereof, a quick-action clamping device,
and on the
opposite end region thereof, an engagement means for the corresponding quick-
action
clamping device of another clamping shell, in such a way that two clamping
shells can, by
means of their two quick-action clamping devices, be fixed to that region of
the posts
which is remote from the ground.
8. Erection system according to Claim 7, characterized in that the quick-
action clamping
device is rotatably mounted in a clamping shell, and a bolt of the quick-
action clamping
device can be introduced into a recess of the other clamping shell.
9. Erection system according to Claims 1 to 8, characterized in that the
bores in the planar
free side surfaces of the base members are formed, transversely with respect
to the
longitudinal direction of the base members, as slots.
10. Erection system according to Claim 9, characterized in that the slots
have a length of
approximately 1 1/2 times to 2 times their diameter.

Note: Descriptions are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.

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F/LE/MH
ERECTION SYSTEM FOR SOLAR PANELS
It is known, for the exploitation of solar energy, to arrange a multiplicity
of solar panels, in
particular, for example, photovoltaic panels, areally adjacent to one another
in one or in multiple
long rows adjacent to and/or also above one another. To ensure optimum solar
irradiation, it is
important here for the panels or the surface formed from the panels to be
aligned toward the sun
in such a way that the greatest possible exposure to light is ensured over the
greatest possible
part of the day. The panels or the panel rows are therefore installed fixedly
with the most
expedient possible inclination toward the sun (if, for economic reasons, no
provision is made for
tracking the sun during the course of the day, such as is likewise known).
If the surface on which the panels are to be installed already predefines a
corresponding
inclination, such as is often the case for example with roofs, the panels are
mounted on the
predefined surface, in particular on transverse or longitudinal members, in a
row adjacent to one
another, if appropriate also in multiple rows one above the other. By
contrast, if the predefined
surface does not predefine a suitable angle with respect to the sun but rather
is horizontal, such
as in the case of installation on the ground, the panels or the panel surfaces
must be erected
such that they assume the desired angle with respect to the sun.
In practice, this is achieved by virtue of the holding members on which the
one row or the
multiple rows of panels arranged areally adjacent to one another are held
being mounted on
base members, which are arranged orthogonally with respect to said holding
members, of
corresponding length, which base members in turn are mounted on the ground via
in each case
one row of relatively short and one row of relatively long posts in such a way
that said base
members, and with them the panel rows mounted thereon, are inclined with their
surface at the
desired angle with respect to the sun. In this way, it is possible for example
for entire fields to be
populated with such single-row or multi-row panel groups.
For the erection of the panels, there are substantially two different types of
construction. Firstly,
longitudinal members as so-called base members are fastened in each case to
the relatively
short and relatively long posts. The inclined transverse members are arranged
on said base
members, to which transverse members the panels are fastened and which
transverse
members are therefore also referred to in this case as holding members.
Secondly, transverse

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members as base members are fastened to in each case one short and one long
post, to which
transverse members the longitudinal members are in turn fastened. The panels
are fastened to
the longitudinal members, such that said longitudinal members are referred to
here as holding
members.
In order to be able to operate economically despite the multiplicity of posts
required in the case
of long panel rows or relatively large fields of panels erected in this way,
it is possible, for the
anchoring of the posts in the ground, to provide for example conventional
screw foundations, or
the posts themselves may be formed as screw foundations of said type with a
corresponding
above-ground elongation.
Such erection arrangements have been in use for a long time in a wide variety
of embodiments
and have been proven to a greater or lesser extent in one or any other form.
They have however
also ¨ depending on their type of construction ¨ often exhibited very
different disadvantages, it
being the intention of the present application to overcome these.
For example, many of the known erection arrangements are too complicated,
designed to use
too much material, and thus simultaneously too heavy and too expensive. Their
construction is
in particular too complex and awkward for the often difficult conditions in
the terrain, for example
also in winter and in the case of ice and snow, and has too great a personnel
requirement,
which likewise entails an undesired increase in expense.
The materials used, such as for example light metals, are also often too
expensive.
Furthermore, specific problems are often posed in particular by the necessary
alignment of the
panel rows, which is important not only for aesthetic reasons and thus for the
acceptance of
such plants by the public but rather also in order to ensure a harmonious
dissipation of the
occurring forces, which are generated not only by the plant's own weight but
in particular also by
wind forces and snow loads.
This yields the object of proposing an erection system / foundation system for
solar panels
which is of the simplest possible construction, which requires as little
material as possible, said
material at the same time being as cheap as possible, which is as lightweight
as possible and
which is easy to handle, that is to say in particular to construct, inter alia
with the least possible
personnel requirement, and which, here, can withstand the occurring loads in
as stable a
manner as possible.

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In order that simple mounting of the holding members of the panel and of the
panels in the
intended grid is ensured, that the weight of the mounted panel surfaces can be
dissipated or
transferred as uniformly as possible to the posts, and that the panel rows or
surfaces
simultaneously have an appealing appearance, that is to say for example run
rectilinearly, it is
necessary firstly for the base members arranged on the posts to be aligned or
capable of being
aligned relatively precisely with the desired nominal profile of the panel
rows or of the holding
members that support said panel rows, that is to say said base members must,
in the installed
state, be aligned with one another or run as far as possible linearly and
simultaneously parallel
to one another.
This could be readily ensured it the rows of posts on which the base members
are mounted
could themselves be reliably introduced into the ground in an aligned manner
in such a way as
to be aligned in the direction of the longitudinal members. This is however
not the case because,
in particular during the screwing-in of screw foundations, disturbances
repeatedly arise in the
screwing-in process, for example owing to rocks which are situated in the way
and which deflect
the screw foundation penetrating into the ground out of its direction, with
the resuit of an oblique
position of the post.
Said oblique position of the posts can be accepted if it runs in the direction
of the longitudinal
direction of the longitudinal members. This is because the transverse members
or the posts can
be fixed to any point of the longitudinal members, and the change in height of
a post, and thus in
the height of the base member mounted thereon in said region, caused by a
change in direction
of said post is negligibly small.
By contrast, a deflection of the posts in the longitudinal direction of the
transverse members
owing to the inclination thereof has a very considerable effect on the height
position of the
respective transverse member, and therefore requires correction.
The posts may be designed differently in cross section. If they are formed as
ground screws,
that is to say are screwed into the ground, they typically have a circular
cross section and an
engagement portion, formed for example as a polygon, hexagon or Torx, for a
screwing-in tool.
lf, for example, as is conventional, the base members are in the form of a
downwardly open
rectangular profile or else in the form of a downwardly open U-profile, the
problem arises as to
how as stable as possible a fastening can be realised between the
substantially circular post
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Furthermore, bores in the post for the purpose of fastening the latter to the
base member, for
example for a fastening by means of stud bolts, are rejected because the final
radial position of
the screwed-in posts cannot be predicted, and thus the alignment of
corresponding bores with
corresponding bores in the base member cannot be ensured in the case of the
screwed-in
posts.
This gives rise to the object of creating a simple, stable and inexpensive
connection between
post and base member, which eliminates the stated difficulties.
For this purpose, there is proposed a mounting unit by means of which the base
member can be
connected to the posts in a simple and stable manner. The mounting unit is
composed for
example of two clamping shells with in each case one semicircular recess by
means of which
they can be fixed in a frictionally locking and/or positively locking manner
to the post, and with in
each case one substantially planar abutment surface, which is situated
opposite the semi-
circular recess, for abutment against the substantially planar inner surface
of the free sides of
the for example rectangular or U-shaped transverse member.
The clamping shells are dimensioned such that they can be inserted, by way of
the post held
between them, into the downwardly open rectangular profile or U-profile, and
such that their
substantially planar abutment surfaces then abut areally against the planar
inner surfaces of the
free side parts of the rectangular profile or U-profile of the base rnember.
At their ends, the clamping shells have bores for a screw fastening by means
of stud bolts. The
free side parts of the base member each have corresponding bores in the region
thereof
intended for support on the posts. If the bores of the clamping shells are
placed in overlap (in
alignment) with one another and with the bores in the free sidesiof the base
member during the
alignment, stud bolts can be passed through said bores and screwed such that a
fixed
connection is formed between the post, the clamping shells surrounding it and
the base
member.
With regard to the erection of arrangement, it is possible, as already stated
above, to make a
distinction between two different embodiments: the embodiments with the base
members as
transverse or as longitudinal members.
Base members as transverse members

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In order that, during the alignment, the transverse member can be displaced as
required into
different positions and fixed to the posts there, there is provided on the
free sides of tne
transverse member, in the region thereof intended for support on the posts, in
each case
(instead of a slot which could impair stability) a multiplicity of
corresponding bores, that is to say
5 a multiplicity of bores which, in terms of their pattern, correspond in
each case in a paired
fashion to the pattern of the bores on the clamping shells. If the
displacement takes place in a
horizontal direction with the aid of mounting aids with a horizontal support
and sliding surface,
that is to say without a change in height of the transverse members, the
multiple bores are also
each arranged correspondingly, that is to say such that they are situated
adjacent one another
in the plane when the transverse member is mounted on the posts.
Base members as longitudinal members
In order, in the event of directional deviations of the posts in the
longitudinal direction of their
row or in the longitudinal direction of the longitudinal member, to attain an
alignment of the bores
in the clamping shells and in the longitudinal member without further
deformation of the posts,
the number of corresponding bores in the planar side surfaces of the
longitudinal members can
be increased, such that, during the placement and mounting of the longitudinal
member, the
matching bores can be selectively placed in alignment with one another and
used for passing
through the stud bolts for mounting.
In both embodiments, the multiple bores in the free legs of the base member
may be designed
as slots to a certain degree, for example by 11/2 times to 2 times their
diameter, in each case
transversely with respect to the horizontal alignment of the hole sequence. In
this way, it is
possible for the base members to be tilted in terms of their longitudinal
direction with respect to
the posts to a certain degree before being fixed to the posts. In this way, a
certain degree of
freedom is created during the mounting process, which can be utilized for
example in order to
adapt the structure, that is to say the transverse and longitudinal members,
in terms of their
height to relatively small gradients and slopes in the terrain. It has been
found that, in this way, a
terrain slope of up to 3% can be compensated in a simple manner. It is
likewise possible in this
way for certain (very slight) shortenings of the post height, resulting from
incorrect positioning of
the posts, specifically the deviation thereof from the vertical in the
direction of their post row or of
the members, to be compensated.
To facilitate said compensation, those abutment surfaces of the clamping
shells which are
situated opposite the semi-circular recess of the clamping shells may also,
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substantially planar, be curved slightly such that they generate less
resistance for corresponding
compensation movements between transverse member and post.
During the tightening of the stud bolts, an at least frictionally locking
connection is produced
between the clamping jaws or clamping shells and the post, and also between
the clamping
shells and the base member. If this is considered not to be secure enough, it
is possible if
appropriate for one or more annular beads or annular grooves to be provided on
the post, it
being possible for the clamping shells or corresponding grooves or beads
thereon to be placed
in positively locking abutment with said annular beads or annular grooves.
To facilitate the on-site mounting of the clamping shells, these may be held
available so as to be
connected in each case in pairs by means of a mounting aid, in such a way that
they can be
plugged onto the post end so as to be provisionally held for mounting.
The mounting aid may in the simplest case be composed of an elastic element,
for example an
elastic band, which holds the clamping shells together and, as a result of the
expansion thereof,
allows the clamping shells to be moved apart, whereby the circular opening
formed by the semi-
circular recesses of the clamping shells is widened such that the clamping
shells can be plugged
over that region of the post which is remote from the ground, and
provisionally fixed there in a
clamping manner for the further mounting process. Instead of an elastic band,
it is also possible
for other elastic elements to be used as a mounting aid.
Another design according to the invention of the mounting aid provides that
each clamping shell
has, on one end region thereof, a quick-action clamping device, and on the
opposite end region
thereof, an engagement means for the corresponding quick-action clamping
device of another
clamping shell, in such a way that two clamping shells can, by means of their
two quick-action
clamping devices, be provisionally fixed to one another in a simple manner on
that region of the
post which is remote from the ground.
Particularly simple mounting is possible if ¨ as is also proposed according to
the invention ¨ a
bracket part is provided to which the respective transverse strut and the
respective diagonal
strut can be jointly fixed at their end facing toward the relatively short
post and which is also
extended through by the stud bolts such that the ends of the struts can be
fixed to the first
longitudinal member and to the relatively short post in one working step by
means of the stud
bolts and the mounting unit.

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As longitudinal members, use is often made of aluminium profiles; these have
desired
material characteristics but are expensive. Since they are required in large
unit
quantities, they account for a very considerable part of the overall costs.
The
members are preferably formed as cold-worked, zinc-plated steel profiles
which, to
improve their stiffness, have outward or inward bends at the free ends of
their planar
free side surfaces.
In some embodiments, there is provided erection system for the attachment of
solar
panels, which are arranged areally adjacent one another, such that they are
inclined
toward the sun, said solar panels being held in rows by a multiplicity of
holding
members, wherein the holding members are fastened to posts, which are anchored
in
the ground, by means of base members which are arranged substantially
orthogonally with respect to said holding members and which are in the form of

downwardly open U-profiles, and the base members can be connected to the posts

via mounting units, the mounting units having in each case two clamping shells
with
in each case semicircular recesses for abutment against the posts and
substantially
planar abutment surfaces for abutment against the side surfaces of the U-
profile, and
bores being arranged in the abutment surfaces of the clamping shells and
corresponding bores being arranged in the side surfaces of the base member
such
that the base members can be fixed in a frictionally locking and/or positively
locking
manner to the posts by stud bolts which extend through said bores.
The erection system/support according to the invention will now be described
in more
detail on the basis of exemplary embodiments shown in the drawings, in which:
figure 1 shows a first embodiment of the erection system according to
the
invention in a side view;
figure 2 shows a post 7, 8 having a first embodiment of a mounting unit 17
according to the invention;

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figure 3 shows a second embodiment of a mounting unit 17 according to
the
invention on the post 7, 8;
figure 4 shows a clamping shell 18 as a part of another mounting unit
17
according to the invention;
figure 5 shows two clamping shells 18 as per figure 4 which have been
connected to form a mounting unit 17 according to the invention;
figure 6 = shows the articulation region 9 of a transverse member with a
post 7, 8
articulated thereon and with an insert 14 according to the invention and
mounting unit 17;
figure 7a shows the first embodiment of a clamping shell 18 according to
the
invention;
figure 7b = shows the first embodiment of a mounting unit 17 according to the
invention;
figure 8a shows a cross section through a transverse member 6 according
to the
invention in one of its articulation regions 9 on the posts 7, 8 (not
shown);
figure 8b shows a bore 22 on the transverse member 6 as a slot;

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figure 8c shows a further sectional illustration of a transverse member 6
in one of its
articulation regions 9 on the posts 7, 8, with mounting unit 17;
figure 9 shows a three-dimensional illustration of the connection
between post 7 and
transverse member 6;
figure 10 shows a second embodiment of the erection system 1 according to
the invention
in a perspective illustration;
figure 11 shows the erection system 1 according to the invention as per
figure 10 in
another perspective illustration;
figure 12 shows, as a detail, the connection of the second longitudinal
member 4b,
transverse member 3, transverse strut lla and relatively long post 8 in a side
view;
figure 13 shows, as a detail, the connection of the first longitudinal
member 4a, transverse
member 3, transverse strut 11a, diagonal strut 11 b and relatively short post
7 in a
perspective illustration;
figure 14 shows, as a detail, a plan view of the underside of a
longitudinal member 4a, b
with mounting unit 7 positioned therein;
figure 15 shows, as a detail, the connection of a second longitudinal
member 6 to a
relatively long post 8 and a transverse strut 11a; and
figure 16 shows, as a detail, the connection of a transverse member 3 to
a longitudinal
member 4a, b.
Figure 1 shows a first embodiment of the erection system 1 according to the
invention for solar
panels 2 in a side view. The figure shows a relatively short and a relatively
long post 7, 8, which
posts are anchored in the ground ¨ for example by means of a ground screw (not
illustrated)
formed thereon ¨ and project substantially vertically out of the ground. A
transverse member 6
as base member is mounted on the posts 7, 8 and, in each case in its
articulation regions 9,
connected by means of a mounting unit 17 to the upper end of the relatively
short and of the
relatively long post 7, 8. Owing to the different lengths of the two posts 7,
8, the transverse
member is inclined by an angle a. For stiffening, a transverse strut 11 a is
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transverse strut being connected at a first end to the transverse member 6 in
the region of its
articulation 9 to the relatively short post 7. The second end of the
transverse strut 11a is, by
means of a sliding and fixing device 13, connected in a slidingly movable and
fixable manner to
the end 12, close to the ground, of the relatively long post 8.
For the mounting of one or more rows of solar panels 3, 4, the erection
arrangement shown is
arranged on the ground in a repeating manner in imaginary planes parallel to
the drawing plane.
Longitudinal members 5a to d as holding members are fastened, spaced apart
from one another
and substantially orthogonally with respect to the transverse members 6, to
the transverse
members 6 which run parallel to one another. The present figure 1 indicates,
by way of example,
two rows of panels arranged one above the other. A first row 3 of solar panels
2 is arranged on
the longitudinal members 5a and b, and a second row of solar panels 4 is
arranged on the
longitudinal members 5c and d. This yields a two-row arrangement of solar
panels 2, wherein
the two rows 3, 4 may be of any desired length. Accordingly, an areal
arrangement of the solar
panels 2 is provided which is inclined toward the sun.
The transverse members 6 are normally aligned in a North-South direction, and
accordingly, the
longitudinal members 5a to d run in an East-West direction. The angle of
inclination a of the
transverse members 6 is, at Central European latitudes, approximately 25 +/-
5 in order to
attain an optimum solar irradiation angle.
For the construction of the erection system 1 according to the invention, the
relatively short and
relatively long posts 7, 8 are placed in each case in rows. Here, the posts
are screwed in to such
an extent that their upper end is situated at a predetermined height. Here,
the height of the posts
7 can be set very precisely, by contrast to the lateral alignment of said
posts. A transverse
member 6 is mounted on the upper end of in each case one short and one long
post 7, 8. The
transverse member is for example in the form of an open, substantially
rectangular or U-shaped
profile with planar free side surfaces 27. The profile is composed of zinc-
plated sheet metal and
can be produced from steel sheet by cold working.
The transverse member 6 is mounted, together with the transverse strut 11a, on
the posts 7, 8.
In order that, during the mounting, the transverse member 6 does not slip
downward under the
force of gravity, and in order to be able to displace said transverse member
without a change in
height in its longitudinal direction 10, inserts 14 as a mounting aid are
provided in the articulation
regions 9 of said transverse member, where the transverse member 6 rests on
the upper ends
of the posts 7, 8. Said mounting aids form in each case one rest and sliding
surface 15, by way
of which the transverse member 6 rests on the ends of the posts 7, 8 during
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inserts 14 are designed such that their rest and sliding surface 15 are
aligned substantially
horizontally when the transverse member 6 has been placed onto the posts 7, 8.
For this
purpose, the inserts 14, which form a mounting wedge, have for example the
shape of a wedge,
one long flank of which forms the horizontal rest and sliding surface 15.
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The mounting wedge 14 may be formed from plastic and designed to merely be
clipped by
means of detent lugs into openings of the transverse member 6. The mounting
wedge need no
longer absorb any forces after the final assembly of the foundation system 1,
such that said
mounting wedge need be dimensioned merely for the loads that occur during the
mounting of
10 the transverse member 6. Said mounting wedge may thereafter remain in
place or be removed
for example for reuse, or may also be destroyed during the course of further
mounting.
Figure 2 shows a post 7, 8 with an annular groove 24a or annular bead 24b and
with a mounting
unit 17 according to the invention pre-mounted thereon. The base member 4, 6,
in this case the
transverse member 6, is connected to the post 7, 8 by means of the mounting
unit 17.
The mounting unit 17 is composed of two clamping shells 18 which have semi-
circular recesses
19, by way of which they abut against the posts 7, 8 during the mounting
process.
The clamping shells 18 have substantially planar abutment surfaces 20 by way
of which, after
they are introduced into the profile of a base member 6, they can abut against
the planar free
side surfaces of said profile.
The clamping shells 18 also have bores 21 which, during the mounting process,
are placed in
alignment with corresponding bores 22 in the planar free side surfaces of the
longitudinal
members 4a, b in such a way that stud bolts 23 (not illustrated in figure 2)
for fixing the base
member 6 to the posts 7, 8 can be passed through and tightened.
To facilitate the mounting process, two clamping shells 18 are combined by
means of a
mounting aid 35 to form a mounting unit 17. The mounting aid 35 is composed in
this case of
two elastic elements, by the expansion of which the clamping shells 18 can be
pulled apart to
such an extent that they can be plugged over the end 9, remote from the
ground, of the post 7, 8
and held (provisionally) in position there for the final mounting process by
the force of the
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Figure 3 shows the upper end of a post 7, 8 with an engagement portion 16 for
a screwing-in
tool and with an annular groove 24a or an annular bead 24b for improving the
purchase of an
altemative design of the mounting unit 17.
Here, the mounting unit 17 has been placed onto the upper end of the post and
is in the
mounted position. Said mounting unit is composed of two clamping shells 18 and
two stud bolts
23 which fixedly clamp the clamping shells to the post 7, 8. To ensure good
abutment of the
clamping shells 18 against the post 7, 8, the clamping shells 18 have semi-
circular recesses 19
on their side facing toward the post 7, 8.
To ensure good abutment of the clamping shells against the planar surfaces 27
of the free sides
of the profile of the transverse member 6, the abutment surfaces 20 by way of
which the
clamping shells 18 in the profile of the transverse member 6 abut against the
planar free side 27
of said profile are likewise of planar form. Said abutment surfaces have at
least a planar region.
Said abutment surfaces may also have rounded longitudinal edges (at the
outside on the
clamping shells) as indicated in figure 3. This facilitates the tilting of the
base member 6 about
its longitudinal axis 10 for the purpose of compensating changes in terrain
height and for
compensating oblique positions of the posts 7, 8, as has been described in the
introduction in
conjunction with the formation of the bores 22 in the transverse member 6 as
slots.
As must be clarified here owing to the different illustration in this figure,
the stud bolts 23 serve
not only for connecting the mounting unit 17 to the post 7, 8. In fact, in a
way which is not shown
here, the stud bolts are passed through the bores 22 in the base member 6 and
through the
bores in the clamping shells 18 of the mounting unit 17 which has been
positioned in the
transverse member profile, such that a fixed connection between all of said
parts is produced
when the stud bolts 23 are tightened.
If the frictional locking hereby generated between the mounting unit 17 and
the post 7, 8 is not
sufficient to reliably dissipate vertical forces, at least one annular groove
24a or one annular
bead 24b is provided on the post 7, 8, with which annular groove or annular
bead the mounting
unit 17 engages with a positively locking action. Corresponding means for
positive locking may
self-evidently also be provided on the mounting unit, for example projections
40, likewise shown
in the figure, which rest on the upper edge of the post.
For the pre-mounting of the mounting unit 18 on the post 7, 8, it is possible
for in each case two
clamping shells 18 to be connected to one another by means of a mounting aid
35 ¨ not shown

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¨ such that said clamping shells (without the stud bolts 23) can, for the
insertion of the unit
composed of mounting unit 17 and post 7, 8 into the transverse member profile
6, be pre-
mounted onto the post 7, 8. This is of significance because the stud bolts 23,
since they must be
passed through the two clamping shells 18 and the bores in the transverse
member 6, can be
passed through the bores 21 and fixed, in order thereby to connect the
transverse member 6 to
the post 7, 8 by means of the clamping shells 18, only after the alignment of
the transverse
member 6 placed onto the post 7, 8.
Figure 4 shows a differently designed clamping shell 18 as part of a different
mounting unit 17
according to the invention.
The clamping shell 18 has likewise semi-circular recesses 19 for abutment
against the post 7, 8
and substantially planar abutment surfaces 20 for abutment against the planar
free side
surfaces of the base members 4, 6 and bores 21 (not shown here) for stud bolts
23 (likewise not
illustrated).
The mounting aid 35 is in this case a quick-action clamping device 35 which is
provided on one
end region of a clamping shell 18, whereas, on the other end region of the
clamping shell 18,
there is provided an engagement portion for a corresponding quick-action
clamping device 35 of
another, correspondingly designed clamping shell.
Figure 5 shows how two (identical) clamping shells 18 designed in this way,
illustrated in this
case with bores 21, are connected to one another as a mounting unit 17
according to the
invention by being placed with their recesses 19 around the post and the two
quick-action
clamping devices 35 thereof being fixed to the engagement portion 36 of the
respective other
clamping shell 18.
Figure 6 shows, as a detail, an articulation region 9 between a post 7, 8 and
a transverse
member 6, having an insert 14 according to the invention as a mounting aid
with a horizontal
rest and sliding surface 15, having the engagement portion 16 for a screwing-
in tool for screwing
the post 7, 8 in, and having the mounting unit 17 for fastening the transverse
member 6 to the
post 7, 8. The figure shows a clamping shell 18 facing toward the viewer, and
two stud bolts 23
for fixing the connection.
Figure 7a shows the first embodiment of a clamping shell 18 according to the
invention. The
clamping shell 18 is of U-shaped cross section, and the end regions of the two
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U-profile form two projections which constitute the regions of abutment of the
clamping shell 18
against the post 7, 8 and which have the semi-circular recess 19.
Figure 7b shows the first embodiment of a mounting unit 17 according to the
invention on a post
7, 8, wherein the mounting unit 17 is formed from the clamping shells 18 shown
in figure 7a with
two abutment regions, which in this case engage into two grooves 24a on the
post 7, 8 and thus
produce a positively locking connection between the post 7, 8 and mounting
device 18.
Figure 8a shows a cross section through a transverse member 6 according to the
invention in
one of its articulation regions 9 on the post 7, 8 (not shown). Also shown is
a stud bolt 23 which
extends through the bores 22 in the transverse member 6. The transverse member
6 is inclined
in relation to the stud bolt 23, whereby it is indicated that the transverse
member 6 is tilted about
its longitudinal axis 10 relative to the post 7, 8 (not shown). This means
that the bores 22 in the
transverse member 6 and also the widening thereof with respect to the stud
bolt 23 can be
deduced, and are, as shown separately in
Figure 8b, formed as slots which are aligned vertically in the installed state
of the transverse
member 6.
Figure 8c shows, in a further sectional illustration, a cross section through
a transverse member
6 in one of its articulation regions 9 on a post 7, 8. The post 7, 8 is
mounted, with the mounting
unit 17 composed of two clamping shells 18 and stud bolts 23, on the
transverse member 6.
Here, the transverse member 6 is fixedly screwed having been tilted about its
longitudinal axis
10 relative to the post 7, 8, which is permitted primarily by the stated
design of the bores 22 in
the transverse member 6 as slots.
It can however additionally be seen from the drawing that the abutment
surfaces 20 of the
clamping shells 18, by way of which abutment surfaces said clamping shells
abut against the
planar inner surfaces of the free side surfaces 36 of the transverse member 6,
are of rounded
design at their longitudinal edges, which further facilitates tilting of the
transverse member 6
relative to the post 7, 8 for compensation of terrain slopes or oblique
positions of the posts 7, 8
in an East-West direction.
Figure 9 shows, as a detail, the upper part of a relatively short post 7 with
the engagement
__ portion 16 for a screwing-in tool, the transverse-member-side end of the
transverse strut 11a,
and the transverse member 6, fastened to the post 7 and to the transverse
strut 11a, in the
region 9 of its articulation on the relatively short post 7. It is also
possible to see the insert 14

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with its horizontal rest and sliding surface 15. The mounting unit 17 is
indicated merely by the
associated stud bolt 23 which extends through the bore holes 22.
On the transverse member 6, five slots 22 are indicated on each side of the
profile. The slots 22
are, in the installed state of the transverse member 6, arranged substantially
horizontally
adjacent one another, that is to say at one level. In this way, the transverse
member 6 can, after
the alignment which has been described in more detail in conjunction with
figures 2 and 4, be
fixed in various positions on the post 7, 8. The slots 23 have the advantage
that the described
tilting is possible between the transverse member 6 arid post 7, 8. The fact
that a slot in the
longitudinal direction 10 of the transverse member is not provided instead of
the individual bores
22 is because such a slot could impair the stability in said region.
During the mounting process, the transverse member 6 is initially aligned, by
displacement on
the relatively short post 7, with the other transverse members 6. Here, the
transverse strut lla
may be used for assistance, and the alignment may be effected by displacement
of the sliding
and fixing device 13 thereof downward or upward. The transverse strut lla is
then fixed by
means of the sliding and fixing device 13, and the transverse member 6 is
fixed to the relatively
short post by screw connection by means of the mounting unit 17. Subsequently,
the transverse
member 6 is connected to the relatively long post 8 by means of a
corresponding mounting unit
17. Here, the upper end of the relatively long post 8 can, owing to its length
and resulting
flexibility, be forced into a position in which the bores 22 are aligned with
the bores 21 of the
clamping shells 18, such that the stud bolts 23 can be passed through in order
to be fixedly
screwed.
As shown in figure 9, the insert 14 may if appropriate remain on the
transverse member 6 after
the connection of the transverse member 6 to the posts 7, 8.
Figure 10 shows a second embodiment of the erection system 1 according to the
invention for
solar panels 2 in a perspective illustration. The figure shows relatively
short posts 7a ¨ d and
relatively long posts 8a ¨ d, said posts being anchored in the ground ¨ for
example by means of
a ground screw (not illustrated) formed thereon ¨ and project substantially
vertically out of the
ground.
The region 9, remote from the ground, of each relatively short post 7a ¨ d is
connected by
means of a transverse strut 11a to that region 9, remote from the ground, of
the respectively
oppositely situated relatively long post 8a ¨ d.

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An adjustable diagonal strut llb is provided between the region 12, close to
the ground, of each
relatively long post 8a ¨ d and the region 9, remote from the ground, of each
relatively short one
7a - d of the posts 7a ¨ d, 8a - d connected by means of the transverse strut
11a.
5 The diagonal strut llb can be adjusted and fixed in terms of its length
by means of a screw
thread 26 or is slidingly and fixably guided on the end 12, close to the
ground, of the relatively
long post 8 by means of a sliding and fixing device 13, such that as a result
of the adjustment
thereof, the respective relatively short post 7a ¨ d can be corrected in terms
of its alignment with
the post row 7a ¨ d or with the longitudinal direction 10 of the longitudinal
member 5, which ¨
le owing to the rigid connection of the relatively short post 7a ¨ d to the
relatively long posts 8a ¨ d
by means of the respective transverse strut 11a, simultaneously leads to a
correction of the
position of the region 9, remote from the ground, of the respective relatively
long post 8a ¨ d.
A first base member formed as a longitudinal member 4a is fixed to the
relatively short post 7a ¨
15 d, and a second base member formed as a longitudinal member 4b is fixed
to the relatively long
posts 8a ¨ d. To the longitudinal members 4a, b there are fixed, at right
angles thereto,
transverse members 3a m, by means of which one or more rows of solar panels 2
are held,
wherein the rows, and with them the longitudinal members 4a, b, may be of any
desired length.
Owing to the different lengths of the first posts 7a d and of the second posts
8a ¨ d, the
transverse members 3a ¨ m and with them the panel surfaces are inclined so as
to be aligned
toward the sun. The angle of inclination of the transverse members 3 and with
them the panel
surfaces is, at central European latitudes, approximately 15-30 in order to
attain an optimum
solar irradiation angle.
For the construction of the erection system 1 according to the invention, the
relatively short and
relatively long posts 7, 8 are placed in each case in rows. Here, the posts
are screwed in to such
an extent that their upper end is situated at a predetermined height. Here,
the height of the posts
7, 8 can be set very precisely, by contrast to the lateral alignment of said
posts. In each case
one longitudinal member 4a, b is mounted on the upper end of in each case one
row of short
and one row of long posts 7, 8. The longitudinal member 4a, b is for example
in the form of a
downwardly open, substantially rectangular or U-shaped profile with planar
free side surfaces.
The profile may be produced from zinc-plated, for example cold-worked sheet
metal.
Figure 11 shows the erection system 1 according to the invention as per figure
10 in another
perspective illustration.

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The figure shows relatively short posts 7a ¨ c and relatively long posts 8a c
which are
anchored in the ground ¨ for example by means of a ground screw (not
illustrated) formed
thereon ¨ and which project substantially vertically out of the ground.
The region 9, remote from the ground, of each relatively short post 7a ¨ c is
connected by
means of a transverse strut 11 a to the region 9, remote from the ground, of
the respectively
oppositely situated relatively long post 8a ¨ c. An adjustable diagonal strut
llb is provided
between the region 12, close to the ground, of each relatively long post 8a ¨
c and the region 9,
remote from the ground, of each relatively short one 7a - c of the posts 7a ¨
c, 8a - c connected
by means of a transverse strut 11a.
The diagonal strut llb can be adjusted and fixed in terms of its length by
means of a screw
thread 26 and altematively or also simultaneously slidingly and fixably guided
on the end 12,
close to the ground, of the relatively long post 8a - c by means of a sliding
and fixing device 13,
such that as a result of the displacement and/or length adjustment thereof by
means of the
thread, the respective relatively short post 7a ¨ c can be corrected in terms
of its alignment with
the post row 7a ¨ c or with the longitudinal direction 10 of the longitudinal
member 5, which ¨
owing to the rigid connection of the relatively short posts 7a ¨ c to the
relatively long posts 8a ¨
c by means of the respective transverse strut 11a, simultaneously leads to a
correction of the
position of the region 9, remote from the ground, of the respective relatively
long post 8a ¨ c.
A first longitudinal member 5 is fixed to the relatively short posts 7a ¨ c,
and a second
longitudinal member 6 is fixed to the relatively long posts 8a ¨ c. To the
longitudinal members
4a, b there are fixed, at right angles thereto, transverse members 3a ¨ h, by
means of which
(not shown here) one or more rows of solar panels 2 are held, wherein the rows
may be of any
desired length.
The posts 7, 8 are connected to the base member 5 by means of a mounting unit
17 as per one
of figures 2 to 5. Here, the mounting units 17 (together with quick-action
clamping devices 35)
as per figures 2, 3, 4 and 5 may be used regardless of whether the embodiment
of the erection
arrangement is one with base members as transverse members (figure 1) or as
longitudinal
members (figure 10, 11). The mounting devices shown in figures 2, 3, 4 and 5
can therefore also
be used for the second embodiment.
Figure 12 shows, as a detail and in a side view, the connection of the second
longitudinal
member 4b, transverse member 3, transverse strut 1la and relatively long post
8 by means of

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the mounting unit 17 with stud bolts 23. Likewise illustrated is the
connection 39 between the
longitudinal member 4b and a transverse member 3.
Figure 13 shows, as a detail and in a perspective illustration, the assembled
connection of a first
longitudinal member 4a to a transverse member 3, a transverse strut 11a, a
diagonal strut 11b
and a relatively short post 7. The figure shows the bracket part 38 by means
of which the
transverse strut 11a and the diagonal strut 11b, the latter with a thread 26
for the length
adjustment thereof, are connected by means of stud bolts 23 to the
longitudinal member 4a and
¨ via the mounting unit 17 ¨ to the post 7.
Figure 14 shows, as a detail, a plan view of the underside of a first
longitudinal member 4a with
bent portions 37 in the mounted position on a relatively short post 7. It is
possible to see the
mounting unit 17 with clamping shells 18 and the stud bolts 23. Also shown is
a bracket part 38
with transverse strut 11a and diagonal strut llb mounted thereon, likewise in
position mounted
on the longitudinal member 4a by means of the stud bolts 23 and the mounting
unit 17, wherein,
however, the head and nut of the stud bolts 23 are hidden by the bent portions
37 of the
longitudinal member 4a.
Figure 15 shows, as a detail, the connection of a relatively long post 8 to a
second longitudinal
member (4b) by means of a (hidden) mounting unit 17 with stud bolts 23 which
simultaneously
extend through and fix a bracket part 38 to which a transverse strut lla is
fastened.
Additionally, figure 16 shows, as a detail, an exemplary connection of a
transverse member 3 to
a longitudinal member 4a, 4b. On the longitudinal member 4a, 4b there is
provided a recess
which is slot-shaped in its longitudinal direction 10, which recess has a
widening at its end.
Through said widening it is possible for a mounting unit ¨ for example a screw
or plug-in
connection or a quick-action clamping device 39, and if appropriate pre-
mounted on the
transverse member 3 - to be passed through for mounting. By means of the
longitudinal slot, it is
then possible for the transverse member 3 to be displaced on the longitudinal
member 4a, 4b
into the mounting position and then fixed there by means of the quick-action
clamping device 39.

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List of reference signs:
1 Erection system
2 Solar panel
3 a-m Transverse member as holding member
4 a, b Longitudinal member as base member
5 a-d Longitudinal member as holding member
6 Transverse member as base member
7 (a-d) Relatively short post
8 (a-d) Relatively long post
9 Articulation region/region of the posts 7, 8 remote from the ground
10 Longitudinal direction/longitudinal axis of the base member
11a Transverse strut
11b Diagonal strut
12 End close to the ground
13 Sliding and fixing device
14 Insert, mounting aid
15 Horizontal rest and sliding surface
16 Engagement portion for a screwing-in tool
17 Mounting unit
18 Clamping shells
19 Semicircular recess
20 Substantially planar abutment surfaces
21 Bores in the clamping shells
22 Corresponding bores in the base member
23 Stud bolt
24a Annular groove (on post)
24b Annular bead (on post)
26 Screw thread
27 Side surfaces of the base member
34 pin
Mounting aid (for clamping shell pairs)
36 Engagement portion for quick-action clamping device
35 37 Bent portions
38 Bracket part
39 Plug-in connection or quick-action clamping device for mounting of
the members

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40 Projection
a Angle of inclination of the transverse member

A single figure which represents the drawing illustrating the invention.

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